A Swiss philanthropist’s foundation will donate $US1 billion to conserve the planet’s land and oceans in an effort to expand the availability of clean air and drinking water.
Hansjörg Wyss, a billionaire and conservationist, wrote Wednesday in a New York Times op-ed that he will donate the money over the next 10 years through his Wyss Foundation. Lands and waters are best conserved when they become public national parks, wildlife refuges, or marine reserves, Wyss wrote. He aims to help conserve 30% of the Earth in a natural state by 2030.
The Wyss campaign will support locally-led efforts to better manage parks and protected areas. Wyss will also sponsor research at the University of Bern, Switzerland, so that scientists can determine the most effective and feasible conservation methods.
Here is the beginning of his article….
We Have to Save the Planet. So I’m Donating $1 Billion
WILSON, Wyo. — Plant and animal species are estimated to be disappearing at a rate 1,000 times faster than they were before humans arrived on the scene. Climate change is upending natural systems across the planet. Forests, fisheries and drinking water supplies are imperiled as extractive industries chew further into the wild.
But there is another, encouraging side to this depressing story: how a simple idea, born in the United States in the 19th century and now racing around the globe, may yet preserve a substantial portion of our planet in a natural state.
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FYI – According to researchers at Brown University, animal and plant species are going extinct 1,000 times faster than they did prior to human activity. A recent study in the journal PNAS predicted that humans will cause so many mammal species to go extinct in the next 50 years that the planet’s evolutionary diversity won’t recover for up to 5 million years.
Some scientists say at least 50% of the Earth needs to be protected in order to avoid losing a majority of plant and animal species. As of now, however, only 15% of the planet’s lands and 7% of the oceans have been protected in a natural state.